5 major things that have changed from inaugural 2008 edition

Ever since the cash-rich tournament came into existence in 2008, the bat-and-ball-game has taken a big step to invigorate the dimming-flame of the cricketing candle.

DRS
DRS. (Photo Source: Twitter)

It is rightly said that change is the only constant. From the world wherein the human race adored the brilliant display of bat and ball unfolding in ‘front’ of their eyes to watching the same sweet sport from miles apart through mobile phones, the human civilization has experienced radical changes-thanks to technological advancement.

Ever since the cash-rich tournament came into existence in 2008, the bat-and-ball-game has taken a big step to invigorate the dimming-flame of the cricketing candle. With no-two minds, the cricketing carnival has added the fuel of crisp spiciness in the form of nail-biting-finishes as no team is better than the other.

While the delayed edition of the 13th Indian Premier League has kicked-off in the United Arab Emirates amidst the conundrum of coronavirus, this article attempts to trace the 5 major changes that were injected to the IPL in its 13-year long journey. So, without wasting any further time, let’s rewind the needle of the clock.

Here are five major changes which the IPL has witnessed:

1. Mankading

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Considered as distasteful in the gentlemen’s sport, ‘Mankading’ is the method of striking the bails out from the stump before bowling when the latter is outside the white-line demarcating the crease. It got its name from former Indian captain Vinoo ‘Mankad’.

The stalwart ditched the non-striker batsman as he went on to dash the stumps before completing his bowling run-up. This incident occurred against Australia in 1947. Hence, it sparked off controversy during those days as well. It continues to be part of the same club even today.

Mankading did not find its place in the first four editions of IPL. However, it was incapsulated in the competition’s rules and regulation in 2012. Off late, in 2019 Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed Jos Buttler in an uncanny style. Eventually, it drew controversy as some cricketing legends called the incident against the spirit of the game.

Despite mankading often being a cold topic in the sporting arena, it is worth noting that this practice still remains a bone of contention. Albeit, popular opinion remains that the bowler must alert the batsman before mankading him.

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